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Vaults: Big Chief "Bo" Dollis, RIP

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WNYC
This From the Vaults show features music from New Orleans, including a performance by the Wild Magnolias & their late Big Chief “Bo” Dollis, who died on January 20, 2015.
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Soundcheck

The Revivalists: Warm New Orleans Funk Rock

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hear the New Orleans funk-rock band The Revivalists perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Celebrate Mardi Gras with this Brass Band

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

There's a brass band takeover of this New Sounds program; many with roots in New Orleans second line (the parading tradition originating in the 19th C.), like the Youngblood Brass Band out of Madison, WI, the Boston-based Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and the MarchFourth Marching Band from Portland, OR. From a live record, listen to the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble turn a musical lament for leader Ken Field’s late wife into a joyous explosion of traditional second line - with the often-performed hymn, “I’ll Fly Away.”

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Soundcheck

Twerking With Big Freedia

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Big Freedia is one of bounce's biggest stars who's helped bring a wave of openly queer bounce performers to wider audiences. The Queen of Bounce talks about her new reality show on the Fuse network, and about the art of booty shaking.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sheri Fink on Five Days at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink investigates patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and tells the story of the quest for truth and justice following the storm. As floodwaters rose, the power failed, the heat climbed, and exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately hastened the deaths of some patients. Fink’s book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, the culmination of six years of reporting. 

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Soundcheck

Dumpstaphunk: Dirty New Orleans Funk

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Watch Ivan Neville's funk band Dumpstaphunk perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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WQXR Features

American Original: A Salute to Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Thursday, July 04, 2013

July 4th provides an ideal opportunity to focus on the adventurous life and original music of American pianist and composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. David Dubal takes us on a musical tour.

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New Sounds

New Orleans on the Mind

Thursday, June 13, 2013

WNYC

It’s been a tumultuous time at the New Sounds office.  In recent weeks, we sent off an intern to school in New Orleans, and welcomed a new summer intern.  Thanks to their help, the New Sounds Assistant, or the "staff" has had time to hoard things and perhaps consider sharing them with John Schaefer for New Sounds (or Soundcheck.)  Here are some things to get excited about that might not all be New Sounds material.

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Soundcheck

Check Ahead: Kermit Ruffins, 'We Partyin' Traditional Style!'

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Listen to We Partyin' Traditional Style!, the new album from the New Orleans trumpeter, bandleader and BBQ-lover Kermit Ruffins in its entirety.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: A Richard Ford Odyssey

Sunday, April 14, 2013

David Strathairn reads a post-Katrina tale of family and friendship by Richard Ford

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Education in New Orleans

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sarah Carr paints vivid and sobering portrait of education in 21st-century America. In Hope Against Hope, she talk about three individuals involved with the New Orleans education system: a 14-year-old student displaced from her school by Hurricane Katrina; a Harvard grad hoping to bring change; and a veteran educator who becomes principal of one of the first public high schools to reopen after Katrina.

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The Takeaway

Wendell Pierce of 'The Wire' and 'Treme' Hopes Groceries Can Revitalize New Orleans

Monday, March 04, 2013

Wendell Pierce, best known for his role as Bunk in the HBO series "The Wire," is starting a chain of grocery stores in New Orleans as a means of revitalizing the city.

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WNYC News

Unlike Previous Disasters, Few Tax Breaks After Sandy

Monday, March 04, 2013

It’s tax season and many residents of New York and New Jersey lost homes, property and paperwork, making this season particularly difficult, but after Sandy, residents aren’t getting the kind of tax breaks that victims of previous national disasters have received.

Bloomberg to Offer Own Sandy Buy-Out Plan, with a Twist

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Soundcheck

Aaron Neville Returns To His Doo-Wop Roots

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Singer Aaron Neville has been making hit records since the mid-1960s. With a silky smooth and instantly recognizable voice, Neville’s specialty is New Orleans funk, but his latest album, My True Story, revisits the sound of his youth: doo-wop.

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The Takeaway

'Treme' Enters Third Season, Continues the Story of New Orleans

Friday, September 21, 2012

David Simon and Eric Overmeyer, co-creators of "Treme," have been working for years now to figure out how to tell the story of New Orleans in a way that isn't voyeuristic or cliched. The HBO series begins its third season this Sunday, and the show is evolving in its portrayal of post-Katrina New Orleans.

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The Takeaway

Riding Out Isaac in the Shadow of Katrina

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

For many in Louisiana, Hurricane Isaac arrives in the shadow of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the region exactly seven years ago. While some residents have evacuated, others have ignored orders and chosen to ride out the storm in their homes.

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The Takeaway

New Orleans Resident Documents the Storm

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

As Humvees rolled into New Orleans yesterday and officials urged Gulf Coast residents to leave their homes, you couldn’t help an eerie sense of familiarity. The details are similar, and the fears are as well.

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The Takeaway

As New Orleans Remembers Katrina, Isaac Approaches

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

On the advent of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, tropical storm Isaac is heading towards New Orleans. Isaac revives the memory of both the devastation and reconstruction of Katrina, and poses the question of how New Orleans will handle its next big storm.

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Studio 360

New Orleans Rap Accentuates the Positive

Friday, April 06, 2012

New Orleans may be the birthplace of jazz, but for the last couple of decades its most influential music has been the city's Dirty South rap scene. The woozy celebration of ghetto life blurs the line between reflecting violence and glamorizing it. But now New Renaissance wants to buck that trend ...

Video: "New Renaissance"

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The Takeaway

Get Ready for Some Thursday Night Football

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Football fans have waited all year for tonight. The defending champions, the Green Bay Packers will face off against the New Orleans Saints, the Super Bowl champions of 2009. For serious football fanatics, that means fantasy football is starting up too, and the draft finished up last night.

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